Erin Houchin is available for public and private speaking events. He has lectured and participated in panels at comic and fan conventions and can also speak in a smaller group setting.

Erin Houchin is a wandmaker by trade and the owner of Houchin’s House of Wizarding Wares. What began as a curiosity has turned into a lifelong passion. Erin has a master’s degree in Ancient Near Eastern Mythology and has done extensive independent research on wand woods and cores from cultures around the world. In addition, he is a big Harry Potter fan!

Erin Houchin, wandmaker and owner of Houchin's House of Wizarding Wares

Panel topics

History of Magic & Wands

Learn about the history of magic and wand use from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance. We’ll talk about real wizards and witches who studied magic and used wands for rituals. Erin discusses the foundation of this subject from an academic perspective.


Learn how a real wandmaker creates magic wands, from the selection of wood and cores to techniques and theories. It might start with a stick and a knife, but the process includes much more than just woodcarving skills.

Wandlore of Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling’s book series has become a staple in popular culture. Take a closer look at the myths behind the stories and discover the balance between legend and creativity. We’ll discuss the lore and theory behind the wands and their use in the Harry Potter universe. Note: This panel is kid-friendly, but will include spoilers for all seven books and Pottermore!

Erin may also be available to speak or participate in discussions on other related topics, so feel free to inquire about any ideas you might have.

Contact Erin at wandmaker @ HouchinWizardWares .com with “guest speaking” in the subject line.